Attended the WCVA annual awards dinner last night in Cardiff which was genuinely refreshing experience.
These types of events are often heavy on glitz and hype and self congratulation, but low on genuine worth, more of a marketing exercise than recognition of truly valuable work. This one however really hit the mark. I learnt that there are 32,000 not for profit organisations in Wales with over one million volunteers giving up their time to help others in their community. So nominees for the awards last night were the pinnacle of a very large sector and hence can be justifiably proud of their achievements. These are salt of the earth organisations and what came through during the evening was the genuine enthusiasm of everyone for the work that they do. This was reflected in the organisation of the evening which was professional but relaxed, helped in no small measure by the very capable Jason Mohammad who hosted, announced and entertained throughout.
So well done the WCVA for laying on a great event. I hope that you and the nominees and winners get the publicity from it that you deserve.